Gateways to Understanding Music explores music in all the categories that constitute contemporary musical experience: European classical music, popular music, jazz, and world music. Covering the oldest forms of human music making to the newest, the chronological narrative considers music from a global rather than a Eurocentric perspective. Each of sixty modular "gateways" covers a particular genre, style, or period of music. Every gateway opens with a guided listening example that unlocks a world of music through careful study of its structural elements. Based on their listening experience, students are asked to consider how the piece came to be composed or performed, how the piece or performance responded to the social and cultural issues at the time and place of its creation, and what that music means today. Students learn to listen to, explain, understand, and ultimately value all the music they may encounter in their world.
In addition to streamed audio examples, the companion website hosts essential instructors’ resources.
"At last! An innovative, practical, and inclusive approach to studying music of Europe, North America, and beyond that puts popular and world music, American jazz, and European classical music into conversation with one another by looking at their origins and interrelationships through the lens of World history."
—Anne K. Rasmussen, Professor, The College of William and Mary
"Gateways to Understanding Music provides a profoundly new and refreshingly original approach to examining the music of the world’s cultures in cohesive, comparable, and contrasting ways that illuminate the power and meaning of all of the musics."
—Tayloe Harding, Dean, School of Music, University of South Carolina
Introduction / Part I Music History to 1500 / Chapter 1 Music of Small-Scale Societies / Chapter 2 Ancient and Medieval Religious Music / Chapter 3 Ancient and Medieval Secular Music / Part II Music History from 1500 to 1900 / Chapter 4 Music from the European Age of Discovery (1500-1600) /Chapter 5 Music from the Age of Global Commerce (1600-1750) /Chapter 6 Music from the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution (1750-1800) / Chapter 7 Music from the Early Nineteenth Century (1800-1850) /Chapter 8 Music from the Late Nineteenth Century (1850-1900) / Part III Music History during the Long Twentieth Century / Chapter 9 Music from the Turn of the Twentieth Century (1890-1918) /Chapter 10 Music from the Interwar Period (1918-1939) /Chapter 11 Music during World War II and its Aftermath (1939-1950) / Chapter 12 Music from an Age of Disenchantment and Protest (1950-1975) / Chapter 13 Music and Community (1975-1994) / Chapter 14 Music Today / Where Do We Go from Here?